Film and Television Editors

Film and television editors perform an essential role in the motion picture and television industries. They take an unedited draft of film, videotape, or digital video and use specialized equipment and computer software to improve the draft until it is ready for viewing. It is the responsibility of the film or television editor to create the most effective product possible. There are approximately 21,920 film and television editors employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Edit drafts of film, videotape, or digital video to prepare them for viewing
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) The best opportunities are in Los Angeles and New York, but jobs are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Four to ten years' experience as an apprentice or assistant
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Award-Winning Editor
  • Film and Television Editor
  • Assistant Editor or Apprentice

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